This 6-hour, 3 session, low participant-to-instructor ratio, eCourse will explore how stolen and looted art can serve as a criminal currency for networks that support themselves on the proceeds of crime, money laundering, drugs, arms, and even (on occasion) terrorism. This introductory course provides the rudimentary framework of the history of transnational cultural property crime, while underscoring this is not a victimless crime, or a crime that only impacts the wealthy..
Key Concepts Covered include:
➣ What is meant by Transnational Organised Crime (TOC).
➣ How Transnational Organised Crime has an intractable footprint in the glamorous world of art.
➣ Transnational crime actors: the self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate, wholly or in part, by illegal means and irrespective of geography.
➣ A sampling of noteworthy cases, each chosen because it represents a trend, change, or category we are observing in transnational art and antiquities crime today.
At the course’s conclusion, participants will come away with a solid introductory understanding of the history and evolution of this oft-overlooked, sector off the crime world.
This course is taught by Lynda Albertson, the CEO of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art and ARCA’s Academic Director, Dr. Edgar Tijhuis, both of whom spearhead a variety of ARCA initiatives related to the protection of endangered cultural heritage, countering illicit trade, and providing methods and approaches to examine and address looting and trafficking.